Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pogatetz Full of Christmas Cheer

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pogatetz Full of Christmas Cheer

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Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

ACTION man Emanuel Pogatetz reckons that Boro will deliver a much-needed Christmas cracker this year.

The man in the mask believes that Boro's fitness will ensure they start climbing their way up the table over the festive period.

Boro have failed to win in five games, but Pogatetz insists that Boro are primed to spark a change of fortune at Queens Park Rangers.

He said: "We are disappointed that we have not been winning games but morale is good. We are still confident in ourselves.

"I am very confident that the bad spell of games will be behind us after the next game at QPR.

"We are a very fit squad. Christmastime is when fitness starts to kick in.

"We know we shouldn't be where we are at the moment. But if we start to concentrate at both ends of the pitch then we will enjoy our Christmas and be a lot higher up the table by next year."

Many fans have already written off the team's prospects of finishing in the top two.

Pogi insists that automatic promotion is still a realistic target, but will settle for the play offs if he has to.

He said: "All I want to do is to get promoted, even if we have to do it the hard way.

"But it's still possible that we can make the top two.

"I can't see the other teams winning all of their games.

"We haven't picked up enough points over the top two teams but if we stay confident then a top two finish is still possible."

It's remarkable that Boro are able to talk so positively despite failing in win in five games, but Pogatetz believes that the arrival of new manager Gordon Strachan will soon pay dividends.

He said: "People say that we were only one point off the top when the manager arrived, but it was a difficult situation.

"Everybody is working hard to try to start winning again, and the manager especially.

"Of course I can't lie and say that I am happy with our position in the league.

"But I am not concerned because I think we have the players who can get out of it. We are getting on top of teams in games and now we have to start beating them."

Pogatetz has played only three games in the Championship, having spent his previous four years with Boro in the Premier League. …

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